Hastings – who is still open for business?

If you do need to go out for essential medical supplies, visit the bank, or get some food in there are still plenty of options in Hastings town centre. Whilst non-essential shops have closed down for the duration of the lockdown, many others remain trading – although hours will sometimes be limited. There are also a host of cafes and …

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers

The government’s step by step guide explains the information that employers need to provide to HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). It also describes the processes involved. Please note that if you are an employer making a claim, you need to follow the processes explained in the guidance page Claim for your employees’ wages …

Updates to advice on accessing financial support for furloughed staff or the self-employed

Just to flag a couple of updates to the .GOV.UK COVID-19 business support pages: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Further clarification following queries received, including: Confirmation of what should form the basis for furlough pay for employees furloughed on return from (maternity/paternity/shared parental/adoption/sick/parental bereavement) leave; Confirming employees subject to TUPE transfer/business reorganisation/ payroll consolidation can be furloughed; Confirming position for contractors in …

Huge Hastings community response helps people in lockdown

Huge numbers of selfless Hastings residents have stepped up to help isolated people cope with the Coronavirus pandemic, reports Hastings HEART, the organisation coordinating the volunteer response. Established by volunteers Kim Batty and Alastair Fairley, the Hastings Emergency Action Response Team (HEART) has now seen over 1,000 people volunteer to help those who are self-isolating with food shopping, collecting medicines, …

Keeping an eye on businesses during the COVID-19 crisis

In response to concerns about a possible increase in break-ins to commercial property the Business Improvement District (BID) has negotiated with the council and police to allow the security firm which operates the town’s weekend taxi marshal service to switch to mobile patrols. The BID has also teamed up with the Hastings Area Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) to provide …